We’re dedicated to reflecting and representing a diverse community, both through the work we do and the people we employ. We are a professional home for every engineer and technician, and we want everyone, whatever their background, to feel included.
We are a diverse professional engineering institution, with 167,000 members in 150 countries and we have much to be proud of, but we recognise we can always do more. We stand together with black communities against all forms of racism and we encourage our members, volunteers and colleagues to do the same. It is important that we research more into these issues, for example, movements and hashtags such as #BlackLivesMatter. The responsibility should not always be on black people to educate others on the issues and challenges they face.
As well as supporting black communities, we are committed to supporting the wider Black, Asian Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities, as they too can face discrimination. Our 2019 Skills and Demand in Industry survey found that only 12% of businesses were taking any action to increase the diversity of their engineering, IT and technical workforce in terms of ethnicity, while 42% agreed their organisation could do more to recruit people from diverse backgrounds. We pledge to continue to engage with our members, industry and all those who are affected by discrimination so that everyone at the IET can continue to learn in order to address this important issue of promoting diversity across our profession.
We recognise that the lived experience of individuals within the BAME community are different and therefore ways of addressing EDI in this space cannot take a ‘’one size fits all’ approach.